An Antrim councillor has expressed disappointment that the birthday of the Prince of Cambridge will not be added to the list of designated days for flying the Union Flag at Stormont.
Ulster Unionist Alderman Drew Ritchie said he was disappointed the birthday of Prince George to the list of designated days.
Ald. Ritchie said: “Some months ago the party spoke to the Secretary of State to point out that with the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, Stormont is two days down on where we started when the list was introduced.
“It seems reasonable to at least bring the number back to where it was and she [Secrestary of State Teresa Villiers] has the power to add the birthdays of the Duchess and Prince of Cambridge.”
Ald. Ritchie said the designated days list in Northern Ireland is “already out of step” with the list operated by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport in London.
“I see no reason to wait to introduce equality, rather than allow an erosion of designated days at Stormont,” Ald. Ritchie said.
He added: “It is easy to kick the issue to touch and leave it to the Haass talks but the fact remains that whether you joined the political process through the Belfast Agreement or at St Andrew’s you agreed Northern Ireland’s position within the UK and the flag of the UK is the Union Flag. That is not negotiable in any talks.”